Los Angeles Headshots by Vanie Poyey
Every year my associate and I throw a headshot party at the studio where we provide a “Mini” session for a super discounted price ($55) and we raffle off TWO free headshot sessions! It’s a fun time with food and drinks as well as a great opportunity for potential clients to hang out and ask questions in person. Of course the chance to win a free photo shoot is a HUGE bonus. This year our party is taking place on Saturday June 1st and I can’t wait! Here are the details if you’re interested. Hope to see you!
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Photos by Headshot Photographer Vanie Poyey
With an impressive list of credits on IMDB, Bill founded the Actor’s Improv Studio in Los Angeles over 15 years ago because he felt there was a need for improv classes that emphasized improvisation as a tool for people to further access their creativity and trust their instincts.
Also see Bill’s other insightful Guest Blog called “Don’t try to figure out what they want, give them what they get!”
“We all hear about improvising, though some people aren’t sure what that means. Many people think improvising is about being funny. I still hear people say, “The thought of improvising terrifies me!” People improvise every day, but they don’t label it as such. In life, no one knows what is going to happen moment to moment, yet people manage to respond, moment to moment. That’s what improvising is about. Responding moment to moment.
The truth is improvisation gives one the freedom to trust one’s instincts and act in the moment, on those choices. Those choices are unique to the individual, and that’s being creative. That’s good improvising.
The more one trusts the internal creative voice which says, “Do this, try that, say this”, the more one’s creative voice will speak to us when we want it to.
Actors will not book every job they audition for, for any number of reasons, most of which the actor has no control over. However, the actor can have a strong, creative, unique and satisfying audition.
Improvising is the tool which allows that to happen.
Learning to improvise gives everyone the ability to trust one’s creativity, to be able to respond to whatever one is doing, whether one thinks of themselves as an artist or not.”
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If you don’t know your “type” before your headshot session, then you might as well throw money out the door!
While perusing Backstage West online, a great resource for novice actors, I stumbled upon an article on “How to find your Type and Book Work” written by acting coach Carolyne Barry. All too often an actor just getting their feet wet in the business will call me for headshots and not have a clue how to answer my first question “what is your target market?”
If you haven’t thought about what your age range is and what your type is before taking your headshots, then you might as well be throwing money out the door because this is the key to getting in the door.
Carolyn’s advice column is almost word for word what I tell actors to do to find their type in preparation for their headshot session. I suggest you read it. In addition, if an actor does not have an acting coach or an agent giving them notes, I’m happy to “stereotype” them when I see them or during their consultation. With 15 years of experience working with agents and the notes they give actors, I’m pretty good at “type casting” actors in just a few seconds! For some tips, take a look at the different marketing types labeled below each picture.
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- Our Annual $55 Headshot Party and Raffle for a free photo session!
- Improvising is NOT about being funny!
- If you don’t know your “type” before your headshot session, then you might as well throw money out the door!
- Four tips on landing that job interview and getting the job!
- Don’t try to figure out what they want, give them what they get!